UGLY RENAISSANCE: Sex, Greed, Violence


UGLY RENAISSANCE: Sex, Greed, Violence

ALEXANDER LEE    Book Number: 81377    Product format: Hardback

Behind the dazzling artwork of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli and others is a fascinating and counterintuitive portrait of a sordid, hidden world. Renowned as a period of cultural rebirth and artistic innovation, the Renaissance is cloaked in a unique aura of beauty and brilliance. But behind the vast explosion of new art and culture lurked a seamy, vicious world of power politics, perversity and corruption. Scholar Alexander Lee illuminates the dark and titillating contradictions hidden in the best-known artworks. Rife with tales of scheming bankers, greedy politicians, sex-crazed priests, bloody rivalries, intolerance, disease and lives of extravagance and excess, here is a gripping exploration of Renaissance Italy and a world of inequality, bigotry and hatred. Apologies if there is a mis-cut of the paper in the 16 page colour plate section. Tiny remainder mark. 433pp, map of Florence c.1491. US first edition.
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ISBN 9780385536592
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